Arnold John DORLING

DORLING, Arnold John

Service Number: 1912
Enlisted: 15 May 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 7 November 1892
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: St. Raphael's School, Parkside, South Australia
Occupation: Tinsmith
Died: Died of wounds, France, 5 August 1916, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot VII, Row E, Grave No. 36
Memorials: Adelaide High School Honour Board, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Marion District Roll of Honour WW1, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

15 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
26 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1912, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
26 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1912, 27th Infantry Battalion, RMS Morea, Adelaide
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1912, 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Battle for Pozières

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Official intimation has been received by Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Dorling, 31, Unley road, of the death of their fourth son. Private Arnold John Dorling, who fell fighting in France on August 5. He celebrated his 23rd birthday on Gallipoli. He enlisted on May 18, 1915. He was educated at St. Raphael's School, Parkside, and was an active worker for St. Raphael's Church and St. Andrew's branch of the H.A.C.B.S. He was a member of the Sturt Junior and Central Football Clubs. Prior to enlisting he was in the employ of Messrs. A. Simpson & Sons, whom be served faithfully for six years. An elder brother, Private H. 8. Dorling, is serving with the colors in France. He was loved by all who knew him." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 09 Sep 1916 (




Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Arnold was a tinsmith, from Unley SA. He joined the 27th Battalion on Gallipoli 12 October 1915, and served through until the evacuation. Arnold was wounded during the Pozieres battle, on 5 August 1916, (shrapnel wounds to left hand, thigh and hip) and died in the 13th Australian Field Ambulance the same day.

He was the son of Harriett Annie Dorling, of Clarence Park, South Australia, and the late William Walter Dorling. His widowed mother stated on the Roll of Honour circular "He never drank or smoked. Worked for Mr Simson, Gawler Place, Adelaide for over 7 years. Left his work to enlist." His other training was given as the Sturt Football Club.

His older brother, 1913 Pte. Harry Stuart Dorling had enlisted in the 27th Battalion the same day, the brothers having consecutive regimental numbers. Harry was later killed in action in Belgium, 20 September 1917, aged 33.